C.P.E. Bach: Berlin Symphonies, Wq. 174/5; 178-181 / Lausanne CO, Zacharias

Notes & Reviews:

The "dream team" has just recorded a new symphonic program - bringing a verve and expressiveness to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Berlin symphonies that is rarely to be encountered.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was a player of the clavier in the service of Frederick the Great. The creative atmosphere at the court of the artistic King attracted numerous musicians of note and ensured a rich flowering of instrumental music.

Johann Sebastian Bach's second eldest son was far more famous than his father in his lifetime, and that was no accident: his music is modern and thoroughly progressive, and the path from Baroque concerto to Classical symphony can be clearly traced through his Berlin symphonies.

Christian Zacharias displays high-energy musicianship with his Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, without engaging in period performance practices.

From the very first bar, the musicians' pulsating energy electrifies the listener, who thanks to MDG's three-dimensional 2+2+2® reproduction is transported straight into the spatial acoustic where the sessions took place.


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